National Security

Report: Trump Might Replace Flynn With a Convicted Man

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may or may not be sitting on a hot seat, depending on who you ask, but it's warm enough for someone within Team Trump to float possible replacements.

One possible replacement stands out among the others because this one was convicted for sharing state secrets.

One option being discussed right now is replacing Flynn with retired Gen. David Petraeus, according to current and former National Security Council staffers who spoke to The Huffington Post on background. Petraeus, a former CIA director, led U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is still widely respected in national security and intelligence circles.

But there are still obstacles to Petraeus’ appointment. In spring 2015, the general pleaded guilty to giving classified information to his biographer, Paula Broadwell, with whom he was having an extramarital affair.

Petraeus literally traded state secrets for sex, so of course he's being considered for a senior role in the Trump frat house.

There's reason to believe Petaeus wouldn't accept the job even if it were offered to him, however, because he may still have more integrity than the Trump Regime even if he was convicted. It's also not clear if it would even be legal for him to take the position.

I laughed so hard at this story it literally cleared my sinuses.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Well, if Petraeus won’t take the position I’m sure Trump will consider Oliver North….

  • muselet

    With his history, David Petraeus couldn’t get a security clearance to save his soul. I hope.

    More interesting than the possible hiring of an adulterous security breach with legs as National Security Adviser is that the long knives are out. The betting line over the weekend was that Reince Priebus would be the next one heaved overboard; now it’s Michael “Hatstand” Flynn.

    We’re lucky this lot is incompetent. Think of the damage they could do if they knew what they were doing.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      I doubt anyone in Trump’s cabinet or staff will last 2 years, let alone 4.

      • muselet

        Probably true. Donald Trump, however, will.

        –alopecia

  • Georgie
  • Badgerite

    I would settle for someone who didn’t put Vladimir Putin’s interest above those of the United States and its allies. Wishful thinking with this crowd, I know.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I hear you, but we should guard against lowering our standards just because Trump has set the bar so low.

      It’s what they’re trying to do. To get us so accustomed to the constant lies and flat out denials of reality that we become willing to accept anything as long as it’s better than what we’ve got. And feeling good about getting pond scum because it’s better than outright festering dogshit is something we need to avoid.

      Hard to do, because the dogshit is so vile that anything does seem like an improvement. But essential.

  • Aynwrong